Petition 81480

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Abortion (81480-C2-¶161.J)

Amend ¶161.J as follows:
  
Abortion – The beginning... In continuity with past Christian teaching, we recognize that abortion may be justified to protect the physical life of the mother tragic conflicts of life with life that may justify abortion , and in such cases we support the legal option of abortion under proper medical procedures should remain available. We cannot affirm abortion as an acceptable means of birth control, and we unconditionally reject it as a means of gender selection. We oppose the use of late-term abortion known as dilation and extraction (partial-birth abortion) and call for the end of this practice except when the physical life of the mother is in danger and no other medical procedure is available,  or in the case of severe fetal anomalies incompatible with life . We commit...

Rationale

The vague phrase “tragic conflicts of life” has been, and is, used by official agencies of The United Methodist Church to approve judicial decisions, and legislative actions, that promote abortion rights.  The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists identified no circumstances necessitating partial birth abortion to save the mother’s life.